Harvard Avenue School is a Seattle toddler, preschool, and pre-kindergarten school which began on Capitol Hill on, yes you guessed it, Harvard Avenue. That school still remains on Capitol Hill, but the Harvard Avenue School has expanded to have a toddler program in Madison Park and another location in Madrona on the 1600 block of Martin Luther King. The Madrona school has preschool and pre-kindergarten classes. Following is how Harvard Avenue describes itself:
Harvard Avenue School seeks to provide an educational experience that combines loving care with social, emotional, academic, and artistic development.
A carefully balanced and supervised program has been designed for our students. Children experience individualized instruction, group learning experiences, art, dance, french, music, language, math, science, geography, and outdoor play.
Children can attend school two days (Tues/Thurs), three days (Mon/Wed/Fri), or five days (Mon-Fri) a week. Classes are from 9 am to 1 pm.
Harvard Avenue has the typical school year from September to June, but they also offer summer camps. Those are also offer two, three, or five days a week and are from 9 am to 1 pm, but unlike the school year they are offered as two week increments. The camps run June 30 to August 26th. I believe the camps are offered at both the Capitol Hill and Madrona schools.
Descriptions of each session are below:
Session One: June 30 – July 15 (no camp 7/4 & 7/5)
Camp Theme: Around the World and Our Home Town
We’ll also focus on our own continent and create art projects based on our culture and those that we “visit” during our camp day. We’ll visit each of the seven continents in these two weeks and learn about the people, animals, and customs that you find there. We’ll also focus on world music and have a world dance party!
Session Two: July 18 – July 29
Camp Theme: Mini Mad Scientist & Creative Chefs/Baking
It’s the kids’ turn to mix some potions. . . We’ll be doing lots of experiments this session – working with magnets, floating and sinking, mixing colors and formulas. We will explore our five senses and have some taste and smell tests that will be lots of fun. We’ll also do some cooking and baking
The campers will make special baking projects and also create some cool “pretend foods” out of salt dough. We’ll also use play money to have a bake sale with our creations. Color mixing and play dough making will also be enjoyed.
Session Three: August 1 – 12
Camp Theme: Box Town, Music Madness & Big Messy Art!
Budding engineers and artists will love this session. A box can be anything! Each student is encouraged to bring at least one big and small box to help us create something for our “box town.” Will they create a house, a store, or a rocket ship? Can they turn their boxes into musical instruments? We’ll take inspiration from the book Roxaboxen and have lots of fun!
We’ll also explore various music styles and explore art through color, shapes, techniques, and form. We’ll create beautiful works of art with a variety of media. Splash some paint on some paper Pollack style, and learn from the masters!
Session Four: August 15 – 26
Camp Theme: Space Camp! Blast off and learn about our galaxy in this fun summer session. The kids will create jet packs and rockets, solar system mobiles, and paper mache planets. Listen at home for your child’s own rollicking rendition of School House Rock’s “Inter Planet Janet” and just wait to see how much your little astronaut will learn! 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast off!
To find out more or to register, contact Harvard Avenue School.